Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt has pulled out of the Netherlands squad with an injury, according to OnsOranje.

The Dutchman pulls out of his country’s squad ahead of the international break with what is described as a knee problem.

Hoedt is joined in his withdrawal by Fenerbahce striker Vincent Janssen, along with Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

The 23-year-old was benched in Saints’ home defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon, with large sections of the club’s fan-base questioning Mauricio Pellegrino’s decision to exclude him.

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Whether Hoedt’s knee issue prevented him from playing a part remains to be seen, but the defender will not be representing his country in the two-week break.

Hoedt has suffered a frustrating start to life on the south coast. Since his move from Lazio, he has been rotated often with the more experienced Maya Yoshida.

The ex-AZ Alkmaar man will now hope to return to full fitness ahead of Saints’ game against Liverpool in the Premier League after the international break.

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